AUS LIEBE ZUM ÜBERLEBEN (Deutschland 2019, Bertram Verhaag, Münchner Premieren). An agriculture that does without poisons and monocultural excesses? Munich director Bertram Verhaag shows eight farmers who have devoted themselves with courage and passion to a different kind of agriculture: Out of respect for nature.
CHASING THE THUNDER (USA 2018, Mark Benjamin, Marc Levin, DOK.special). For 110 days and over 10,000 nautical miles, we accompany the environmental activists from Sea Sheperd on an epic chase across the Antarctic seas. Their mission: to find the poacher ship, Thunder, detain it and escort it to Australia.
DIE ROTE LINIE – WIDERSTAND IM HAMBACHER FORST (Deutschland 2019, Karin de Miguel Wessendorf, DOK.focus humaNature). Germany can only meet its climate targets if it shuts down its lignite-fired power plants. But the energy company RWE wants to continue mining lignite in the Rhineland. Tree squatters, citizens' initiatives, mothers, fathers and church groups mobilize: Resistance in the Hambach forest!
HONEYLAND (Nordmazedonien 2019, Ljubomir Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska, Best of Fests). 55-year-old Hatidze is one of Europe’s last bee hunters. The Macedonian lives a solitary life in harmony with nature. A touching portrait in breathtakingly beautiful images.
LOSING ALASKA (Niederlande, Großbritannien, Tschechische Republik 2018, Tom Burke, DOK.focus humaNature). While Trump casts doubt on climate change, in Alaska, as the permafrost melts at an ever-increasing rate, a town is sinking into the sea. Forgotten by the rest of America, the Yupik in their corrugated metal huts are seeing their community disintegrate.
MASTER OF DISASTER (Deutschland, Schweiz 2019, Jörg Haaßengier, Jürgen Brügger, DOK.deutsch). The sirens blare out; a catastrophe is rehearsed. Hyperreal practice-runs, planning exercises and simulations give rise to the disturbing dystopia of emergency. The film of the hour: thrilling, complex and alarming.
MISSION LIFELINE (Deutschland 2018, Markus Weinberg, DOK.panorama). The sixth mission of the Dresden rescue boat, Lifeline, made history. For two years, Markus Weinberg accompanied Mission Lifeline on their operations. A film about the madness of criminalising people who save lives.
SEA OF SHADOWS (Österreich, USA 2018, Richard Ladkani, DOK.focus humaNature). In the Golf of California in Mexico, there is a creeping ecological catastrophe: illegal fishing methods are threatening the entirety of the region’s maritime life. In a spectacular rescue action, journalists, scientists, conservationists and undercover agents try to stop the killing.
THE WHALE AND THE RAVEN (Deutschland, Kanada 2019, Mirjam Leuze, DOK.international). The remaining residents of the First Nation settlement on Canada’s rough west coast have a profound relationship with nature, in particular whales. Two researchers, Janie Wray and Hermann Meuter, share the spirituality of the indigenous people. A moving filmic message from whales to humans.